The Case for Inspirational Leadership
Inspired employees are:
- 2 times as productive as satisfied employees.
- 46 percent more satisfied with their jobs.
- 32 percent more committed to their jobs.
- Less likely to experience burnout.
Inspired organizations experience:
- 21% greater profitability
- 41% reduction in absenteeism.
- 59% reduction in employee turnover.
Source: McKinsey, Bain
Only 20 percent of employees globally say they feel engaged at work.
Less than 50 percent of employees agree or strongly agree that their leaders are inspiring/motivating.
Sources: Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace 2021 Report, Harvard Business Review
Inspiration is the invisible fuel that drives great organizations. When people are inspired, they become more motivated, resilient, creative, and collaborative.
We should aim to inspire people not just in epic moments, but also in everyday moments.
To be a force of inspiration for others, we first need to inspire ourselves.
Mentora’s program on Inspirational Leadership includes four principles:
INSPIRE = MOTIVATE + RELATE + ELEVATE + CAPTIVATE
Focus not just on extrinsic motivators like promotion, salary, and benefits, but on intrinsic motivators as well — including connection, growth, and appreciation, for example. Nurture these motivators in people every day.
Develop a library of stories and relate them in a compelling way whenever you need to inspire people to move forward on a chosen path.
When your team encounters hurdles, setbacks, and uncertainty, help them lift their gaze beyond these challenges to the desired future they are working to create, and then take them on a hero’s journey toward this desired future.
Help your audience not only understand your message, but deeply believe in and care for it. They should walk out feeling that your message is their own message — that you have not imposed it on them, but awoken them to it from within.